It's that time again for TGITDNMAR, which (obviously) stands for Thank God It's The Day New Movies Are Released.
OMG - on time and everything!
I guess you have to give it up to the marketing machine. For years, we've heard questions about what the studios would do when they ran out of "A"-level superheroes. Turns out that said worry was much ado about nothing (maybe - see below). Iron Man is perhaps not Batman or Spider-Man, but despite the protestations that he wasn't them, he was also someone that even the least-interested person probably still recognized. With the success of Thor, I have to think that the fears that studios won't be able to sell us on the B team are unfounded. As of press time, the film is scheduled to rake in approximately $65-75 million in its first weekend. Sure, that's no Dark Knight figure, but it's nothing to sneeze at, either. What might be more fascinating is that Thor actually looks like a decent film (and is receiving reviews that back up that supposition).
Now, a caveat. I'm not 100% sold on my theory about the B team, despite my claim. See, non-comic book people like me might not know a damn thing about Thor the comic book character, however, the name Thor has pretty strong recognition to it - everyone knows he's a Norse god. So, sell me Ant Man and we'll really see if those fears are unfounded.
Fletch's Under Normal Circumstances Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 93%
Remember that one time, when we all thought Kate Hudson was gonna be great?
Yeah...we were idiots.
Does Ms. Hudson make movies that aren't somehow related to weddings? She must have Spielbergian levels of personal issues regarding nuptials. Could that be residual issues surrounding the "we've been together forever but are never getting married" status of her mother and surrogate dad, Kurt Russell? Sigmund Fletch wants to know.
No, that's not true. I really don't care. Which, not coincidentally, is how I feel about any and every Hudson film.
Fletch's Under Normal Circumstances Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 0%
Jumping the Broom
Oh shit! CSI's disgraced former co-star Gary Dourdan is in this. I always liked him and was sad when he got killed off there (and got arrested for possessing every drug known to man, but that's another story). Regardless, it looks like this is a bit part, and frankly, I'm not sure that a larger one would make a dent in my interest level for the Broom.
One look at the poster tells me two big things about the Broom: first, that its subject matter (clash between "urban" and "bougie" black families) could make for a really interesting, revealing movie, and second, that it won't. I'll hope to be wrong, but the tone of the poster is "Haha, we're having fun fighting! It's gonna be a party either uptown or downtown!" And maybe accomplishing something meaningful is possible within the confines of the type of comedy it looks like (stand-ups do it all of the time). But I doubt it.
Fletch's Under Normal Circumstances Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 8%